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healthy beautiful smileHealthy teeth are beautiful teeth, in our opinion, but if you want a brighter smile, we can help! Whether you need to see a dental hygienist for a cleaning, or you’re interested in whitening your teeth at home, keeping your smile bright is our priority. October is National Dental Hygiene Month, so today we’re sharing a few tips on how to keep your teeth looking beautiful.

The Best Ways to Keep Your Teeth Beautiful

Change Your Toothbrush

Most people don’t change their toothbrushes as often as they should. If your brush is starting to look a little frazzled, or if you can’t remember when you last replaced it, then it’s time for a new one. And if you’ve been sick, you should also replace your toothbrush when you start to recover.

Brushing with a worn-out toothbrush simply isn’t effective. Plus, it could be harboring germs—you use a toothbrush every day to remove plaque (bacteria), and the longer you use it, the more those bacteria build up between the bristles. Properly cleaning and storing your toothbrush helps, but you still need to replace it at least once every three months.

Get a Professional Cleaning

Dental hygienists are the true experts when it comes to keeping your teeth beautiful. They can remove all the plaque and tartar that regular brushing and flossing leave behind. They’ll give your teeth a thorough clean and polish them up so your smile shines!

When you come in for a cleaning, your dental hygienist can also show you how to brush and floss correctly at home. You might be using the wrong toothbrush or missing some hard-to-reach places. Your hygienist can demonstrate the right way to brush and floss your teeth, and recommend the best products to keep your smile clean and bright.

Get a Whitening Treatment

Do you want a truly brilliant smile? Professional teeth whitening treatments only take one visit. Don’t mess around with over-the-counter whitening products that increase sensitivity and weaken your enamel. Just one hour in the dentist’s chair will give you a long-lasting, brighter, whiter smile.

If you’re too busy to squeeze an extra dental appointment into your schedule, we also offer professional-grade at-home whitening trays. Whitening your teeth at home takes 2-8 weeks, depending on your desired outcome. Wear them for 30 minutes, twice a day (or once a day for 45 minutes) and you’ll start seeing results within 5 days!

The Bright Rewards Program

Our at-home teeth whitening option is part of our Bright Rewards program. Bright Rewards is FREE to anyone who gets an in-office whitening treatment, or for a one-time enrollment fee of $99. We’ll fit you with a custom bleaching tray and give you two tubes of whitening gel (a $200 value). You also get a FREE tube of whitening gel (a $40 value) at each of your six-month cleanings.

Keeping Your Teeth Beautiful in San Antonio, TX

At Empire Dental, we love giving our patients smiles that they are proud to share! If you need professional teeth cleaning or whitening, or if you’re interested in our Bright Rewards program, we’d be glad to see you. Take the next step toward a brighter smile— schedule a visit.


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